“The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him. My Father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” – Exodus 15:2
The moment I look forward to most every day is after work, when I walk into my daughter’s classroom at daycare and she yells “Mommyyyyy!!!!” as runs as fast as she can to hug me.
If that doesn’t make you feel loved, I don’t know what will.
There is so much about this moment that is wonderful. I am comforted in knowing that she is happy everyday when I pick her up. She does enjoy playing with her friends at school, and she adores her teacher. But, at the end of the day, I know she is happiest at home with mommy and daddy, and she knows we are the ones that provide her needs, keep her safe, and love her unconditionally.
So often, I feel guilty because of how much time she spends at school instead of home. I have to constantly remind myself that she is safe, and she is happy and she knows that everyday, after a fun day of singing, coloring and playing.. she can trust that mommy or daddy will walk through that door, excited to see her and ready to receive that incredibly beautiful hug.
A good friend of mine told me the other day that one thing we learn as working moms is how to cherish every moment we have with our children. This is so true. I haven’t been able to get this comment out of my mind since we talked, and I am trying to really embrace it.
Am I truly cherishing every moment that I can with my daughter? With my husband? With Christ?
Since then, I have noticed how often I waste time with negative thoughts or a negative attitude. One example is during those times when I find myself annoyed while cooking dinner and my little girl is hanging on my leg and begging me for a pick-up. Sure, I’m no pro at cooking with a baby on my hip, but why not pull up a chair let her help me cook instead of wasting this moment with frustration?
The other morning, Claire was playing her toy piano, asking me to dance. All I could think about was getting her into her room to get her dressed for school. But then, I decided it was worth spending 3 minutes playing piano and dancing with my daughter. What a precious moment that was.. She looked so beautiful as she twirled in her nightgown, and her face was just glowing with happiness that we were playing together. That was by far one of my favorite memories of us– a memory that was almost tainted because all I could think about was getting to work on time. Of course, I was a couple minutes late, but it was okay. My entire day was so much better because of those mere 3 minutes.
‘Cause there was a time in my life when I was so lonely and I kept asking God, “Where is my husband? When will it be my turn to have a family of my own?” Now, God has blessed me with my amazing family and it’s even more incredible than I ever imagined.
How can I forget how privileged I am to have endless loads of laundry always seeping out of the dirty clothes hamper, a dirty kitchen to clean after a family dinner every night, and floors to sweep and mop after my hard working husband and very busy daughter track in dirt and mud.
Why shouldn’t I cherish every single moment?
I need to keep reminding myself to cherish time with my daughter and husband. More importantly, I need to cherish my time with Christ.
How wonderful it is to have a Savior– One that can bless me with the perfect husband, One who can trust my husband and I to raise His beautiful daughter as our own, and One who will meet my every need, keep me safe, and love me unconditionally.
In the past week, I have prayed and thought about God more, with greater joy and praise than I have had in a while. Why haven’t been I running to Him with open arms, just like Claire does when she sees me at the end of every day?
After all, He is my Heavenly Father.
♡ Carrie Kelly is a wife, mom and pediatric physical therapist, who strives daily to love God more.
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